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SAN DIEGO, DAY 2: CrossGen's Hollywood plans

[CrossGen]At a panel discussion today at Comic-Con International in San Diego, CrossGen comics Wive-President of Product Development Tony Panaccio introduced fans to some of the key players in the comic company'scurrent Hollywood development strategy. Spearheading the company's multi-mediadevelopment efforts is, of course, Michael Uslan of Branded Entertainment. Uslanmay be best known to fans as the producer of the Batman franchise. He entered into a much-publicized deal with CrossGen last year.

Chuck Russell, director of "The Scorpion King" and "The Mask" was among the panelists. Russell told fans that he's developing "The Way of the Rat" as a feature film with Castle Rock and his frequent collaborator Frank Darabont. The filmmaker has been working closely with all the creators of the comic developing the movie project.

Russell also revealed that he's working on "Scion," but said that that project is still in the early stages.

Representing Bob Zemeckis' ImageMovers was Bennett Schneir. ImageMovers is developing "Route666" which Schneir called a "fantastic horror piece."

Larry Kasanoff, President of Threshold Entertainment had previously announced plans to develop "Sigil." Kasanoff revealed to Comic-Con attendees that they are working up the concept asa live-action TV series.

Finally, Larry Whitaker of Cornerstone Animation revealed that his company will develop "Meridian"as an animated feature.

As has been previously announced, director Wes Craven is working on a feature version of "Mystic."Although Craven was not in attendance, Uslan did say that the director had "exciting, clever plans" for the comic.

Uslan also told fans to keep their ears open for more announcements. He revealed there would bethree more "major announcements" regarding CrossGen projects beforethe end of the summer. Uslan summed up his CrossGen experiences so far sayingthat it's been "a fun ride with great results."

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